Group portrait of the Washington family, set indoors with a view of a river in the background. George and Martha Washington sit at a table, with a plan of Washington D. C. laid out before them. Washington holds a sword and Martha a fan, both resting on the table. Standing next to Washington is George Washington Parke Custis, who is resting his hand on a globe, and Washington is resting his arm on the boy. Nelly Custis is standing behind Martha to her right, and an African-American enslaved man is standing behind Martha at her left. The background is framed with columns and a curtain drawn back to reveal a view of the river, with a ship visible on it.

Date

1796-1874


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Ink on paper, lithograph


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 21 3/4 in. × 27 13/16 in. (55.25 cm × 70.64 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 17 15/16 in. × 24 7/16 in. (45.56 cm × 62.07 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 1985


Marks

Printed below image placed under each figure in block script: "Washington Parke Custis. George Washington. Elanor Park Custis. Martha Washington. William Lee."
Printed below image centered in block script: "Washington Family."
Printed below image centered in block script: "Published by Fischer Carpenter & Gusthal. 44 East Broadway, N. Y."


Object Number

SC-137


Colors


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